It sure seems like there are a lot of things going wrong with the Phillies these days. But while it may seem like the current slump has spread through the whole team, that’s just not the case — it’s pretty much all the offense’s fault.

In June the Phillies have been better at preventing runs than they were in May or April (or March). The Phils have allowed 101 runs this month, which is second-best among the 16 teams in the NL. Only the Dodgers have allowed fewer runs in June.

The Phils have lost six series in a row, but not because their pitchers have been getting bombed. They allowed 11 runs in the three games against the Fish, 12 runs in three games against the Cardinals, 12 runs in three games against the Red Sox, 16 runs in three games against the Angels, 10 in three games against the A’s and 19 in three games against the Rangers. That’s too much against the Angels and Rangers, but the rest of it is solid.

Here’s how many runs the Phillies have allowed per game by month so far this season:



Runs allowed


April 15-12 111 27 4.11
May 17-12 125 29 4.31
June 12-14 101 26 3.88

The Phillies played one game in March and allowed 11 runs.

While the Phillies have been the best at preventing runs in June, they have also been the worst at scoring runs. They scored 4.70 runs per game in April, 6.03 in May and just 4.30 in June. The Phillies scored 20 runs against the Cardinals in St Louis on June 13 — in the games where they haven’t scored 20 this month they’ve put up 92 runs in 25 games, about 3.68 per game.

Kyle Kendrick (7-3, 4.59) faces 24-year-old righty Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.24) tonight. Morton has made three starts for the Braves this year and has yet to allow a home run. He also did not allow a home run in 79 innings in Triple-A with Richmond in the International League this season. In 13 games, 12 of which were starts, he threw to a 2.05 ERA while holding opponents to a .181 average. Kendrick was about as good as you have to be if you want to get a win pitching for the Phillies these days his last time out. He held the A’s to four hits in eight shutout innings on Wednesday. The Phillies have won six of the last seven and eight of the last ten games that he has started. In seven of his last ten starts he’s walked one or zero batters.